Case Of Mondays: Awkward Interviews Vol. 1
Article by Aaron Haughton
We've all been there before, face to face with some intimidating, emotionless individual, uncomfortably dressed and expected to impress, to sell ourselves with confidence and without pretension for a job we so desperately want or need. It's awkward and unnerving by design and definition. They may as well call it a polite interrogation, since that's what it really is. The job interview is just one of those formalities we've all just come to accept and go along with.
To help you break up the humdrum droll of another week, we've compiled a few of our favorite awkward interview clips below. If you're someone who's got an interview lined up, take note, most of these are examples of what not to do.
The interview montage from Step Brothers is arguably The Godfather of awkward and terrible interviews. This scene showcases John C. Reilly and Will Ferrell's talent for laying down the absurd, and it is absolutely hilarious. Definitely a good example of what not to do during an important interview. However, if you "came to fuck shit up," you can always come dressed in a tuxedo and attempt to interview as a team.
Okay, so this clip from Fargo is not an interview exactly, but it sure is pretty uncomfortable. Between this and Magnolia, William H. Macy has achieved masterclass status in being awkward, and he does a great job at cowering next to the likes of Buscemi and Stormare. The takeaways here, make sure there's no "mix up" with the designated meeting time, and make it a point to show up on time.
The Wedding Singer:
This is probably the shortest interview of all time, and it comes from one of my favorite Sandler films. In your interview, be sure to not quiver as much as Sandler, and definitely fake it or make up some experience when asked.
The setup to Spud's interview perfectly encapsulates the situation; "Now, remember, if they can tell you're not trying, you're in trouble right? First hint of that and they'll know that this cunt is not trying, and you're fucking finished right? But, then again, try too hard, and you just may get the job." Pretty sound advice on the whole, but if goaded by your mate to take a nip of speed pre-interview, just say no.
The Pursuit Of Happyness:
Interviews call for formal attire generally, but what if you're faced with a situation where you don't have the clothes you need. Some assholes say, "Dress to impress." But a wise man once said, "The clothes don't make the man." Will Smith shows that here with earnestly, and even manages to make a joke or two. This is a demonstration of how to command and control an interview. When offered the job, just maybe don't say no.
What do you think? Did you learn a thing or two from these interview clips? Are there any clips you'd like to see in the next volume? We want to know. Share your thoughts and feelings in the comments section below, and, as always, remember to viddy well!